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NIACC women ranked 9th, wrestlers 19th in NJCAA Division II poll

NIACC’s UU Long during Monday’s game against Marshalltown CC
MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday.

NIACC (4-3 overall) was No. 14 in the preseason ratings in late October.

Kirkwood (8-0) is ranked No. 2 and DMACC (8-2) is ranked No. 12.

It is the sixth straight poll that has included NIACC as the Lady Trojans were ranked in the final four polls of the 2015-16 season.

NIACC returns to action Friday and Saturday at the NDSCS Classic in Wapheton, N.D. The Lady Trojans face NDSCS at 6 p.m. on Friday and play Dakota-Bottineau at noon on Saturday.

NJCAA Division II poll

Pima, Kirkwood, Owens, Highland (Kan.), Johnson County, Kankakee, Louisburg, North Arkansas, NIACC, Kansas City (Kansas), Monroe CC, DMACC, Parkland, Cecil, Guilford Tech, Kalamazoo Valley, Illinois Valley, Niagara County, Lake Land, Sinclair.

Meanwhile, the NIACC wrestling team is tied for 19th in the team rankings released by the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association.

Northeast Oklahoma is ranked No. 1.

Iowa Central is ranked second. Iowa Lakes and Iowa Western are tied for third and Ellsworth is ranked fifth.

NIACC’s 285-pounder Mario Pena is fifth in the latest rankings.

NIACC returns to action Wednesday in a dual at Iowa Central.

NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association rankings

Team rankings

Northeastern Oklahoma, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Ellsworth, Clackamas, SW Oregon, Lincoln, Northwest (Wyoming), Camden, Niagara, Harper, North Idaho, RCTC, Western (Wyoming), Northwest Kansas Tech, Barton, Labette, Colby, Highline, Nassau, NIACC, Neosho, Spartanburg, Triton.

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